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GOP senators question Amazon on removal of book about 'transgender moment'

Added 03-01-21 04:57:01pm EST - “A number of Republican senators sent a letter to Amazon's CEO last week requesting answers to questions surrounding the removal of a book about transgender people from Amazon's online shelves following pushback from LGBTQ activists.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “GOP senators question Amazon on removal of book about 'transgender moment'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A number of Republican senators sent a letter to Amazon's CEO last week requesting answers to questions surrounding the removal of a book about transgender people from Amazon's online shelves following pushback from LGBTQ activists.

In a letter, released by Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioCPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be Watch live: Day 2 at CPAC DeSantis derides 'failed Republican establishment' at CPAC MORE (R-Fla.), the senators including Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyFive takeaways from CPAC 2021 CPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be Sunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues MORE (R-Mo.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeCPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Key vote for Haaland's confirmation | Update on oil and gas leasing | SEC update on climate-related risk disclosure requirements Haaland on drilling lease moratorium: 'It's not going to be a permanent thing' MORE (R-Utah), and Mike BraunMichael BraunThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers Senate GOP ready to turn page on Trump MORE (R-Ind.) accused Bezos's company of engaging in "political censorship" by removing the book, "When Harry Became Sally" by Ryan Anderson, due to the size of Amazon's share of the online book-buying market. The book had been previously sold by Amazon for several years.

"We write regarding Amazon’s recent political censorship activities, particularly the decision to remove the book When Harry Became Sally by conservative scholar, Ryan Anderson, from the Amazon website, Kindle, and Audible platforms," they wrote.

"In its decision to remove Mr. Anderson’s book from its platforms, Amazon has openly signaled to conservative Americans that their views are not welcome on its platforms. Amazon’s shortsighted censorship of this well-researched and thoughtful contribution to modern American discourse is not just a decision made in poor taste, but an assault on free speech that carries weighty implications for the future of open discourse in the digital age," they continued.

The senators went on to question Bezos whether Anderson had advanced knowledge that his book would be pulled from Amazon's shelves, what the "motivating factor" was in pulling the book, and whether it had been found to be in violation of any Amazon policies.

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